Best Practices for Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding

Next2 min read Have ready the executive summary, slide deck, and business plan with financials. 

It helps to have the core three documents – executive summary (one-page only), slide deck, and business plan already developed and ready to go. As the entrepreneur meets prospective investors, he can use the relevant docs for each meeting. 

Publish a periodical email newsletter for interested investors 

In the fundraising process, I see some entrepreneurs sending out email updates to highlight the progress of the company. Some come as often as weekly to show growth in sales, product plans, and other milestones. This shows the company’s ability to execute. 

Finding a Lead Angel

Find a lead angel to develop a terms sheet and start the funding round

By finding a lead angel and creating a terms sheet, the entrepreneur removes the most significant barrier to fundraising – the negotiation process. Numerous angel investors find the initial negotiation and due diligence process too time-consuming. By eliminating this hurdle, the entrepreneur opens up the deal to a more significant number of investors. 

“Investor-friendly “

Make the deal terms “investor-friendly.”

First, every deal must be negotiated. The harder the terms for the investor to accept the longer the time it will take to negotiate. By making the terms “investor-friendly” through reasonable pre-money valuations, preferences, and other terms, the faster the process goes. 

Due Diligence

Next, push all due diligence docs to password-protected therefore, interested angels can perform due diligence more easily.

The due diligence phase can be sped up by having all the essential docs already available. I’ve seen some entrepreneurs put everything on a protected website and then give out the password to interested investors. This knocks down the hurdle of trying to send 600 MB worth of documents through the email system. 

Continue the quarterly email newsletter after funding, so investors stay with you.

It’s important to keep investors up to date even after the funds are raised since investors can help in other ways. Some investors bring a Rolodex of contacts while others bring experience and coaching. By keeping them informed of your progress and challenges, they may be able to help. This practice is also useful for when it comes time for follow-on fundraising.

 

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Hall T. Martin is the founder and CEO of the TEN Capital Network. TEN Capital has been connecting startups with investors for over ten years. You can connect with Hall about fundraising, business growth, and emerging technologies via LinkedIn or email: hallmartin@tencapital.group

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